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  •  I lived in Des Moines for 18 years... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...working for a publishing company there. I was young, straight out of school, and worked alongside many gay photographers, illustrators, editors and designers. Even though I'm heterosexual and was an art major with an open mind, it was my first experience of understanding what it was like to be gay--in the 80s--through the friendships I developed and maintained over the years. Most people don't know what it's like to live in Des Moines--you always hear the Des Moines jokes--but in my experience it was an exceptional environment of creativity, culture, excellent public education, and wonderful people. A lot of Iowans, obviously, grew up on farms, so this translates into an incredible work ethic, no matter what profession they ultimately pursue as adults. The gay community in Des Moines is thriving, creative and proud. So I was doubly proud myself--and not at all surprised-- when Iowa deemed marriage between any two individuals as a constitutional right.

    Still, people like Iowaworker's father-in-law exist, and the fight continues. Here in Colorado, we finally got rid of Marilyn Musgrave in the 4th CD, but there is still much to be done. HOW I WISH I COULD BE THERE WITH YOU protesting against the hate! I suggest taking a look at a link I came upon just yesterday from the "Not in Our Town" movement. Inspirational. And testament to LOVE being the most powerful counterprotest.

    MUST SEE Not in Our Town article and clips

    •  I love Des Moines (3+ / 0-)
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      I was born in Dallas - and then moved to a small farm community in NE Iowa when I was in 6th Grade. I love Des Moines - it is big enough to allow one to experience everything a city has to offer and yet small enough to retain some of the small Iowa town - farm heritage.
      I also love Colorado ...

      Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex

      by iowaworker on Tue Apr 06, 2010 at 10:06:32 AM PDT

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      •  I love the people of Des Moines... (0+ / 0-)

        ...and certainly my experiences there, and I did acclamate to the weather there, eventually. But I'm older, and I'm not sure I could handle the humidity now!

        At any rate, I hope you write again and tell us how your counterprotest goes. And keep the faith!

        (did you check out the Not in Our Town link?)

      •  hey, iowaworker (0+ / 0-)

        if you cross-post this diary at Bleeding Heartland I'll promote it to the front page, so more Iowans will be able to hear about the counter-protest. It only takes a minute to create a Bleeding Heartland account. You'll be sent a password and can then log in and create a new diary.

        When you cross-post, change the format from WYSIWYG to "auto format" so the links will come through from this diary.

        Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

        by desmoinesdem on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 05:17:11 AM PDT

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